CSLB: What To Do When You Get A Complaint Letter by Bruce Rudman, Abdulaziz, Grossbart & Rudman,

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Some of you have been lucky and have never had a Contractors’ State License Board (“CSLB”) Complaint.  Others have had a few.  Lately, the “consumer playbook” is to not only litigate, but to file complaints with the CSLB, the license bond surety, and post negative reviews on social media including Yelp and Angie’s List.  This article will only focus on …

CalChamber Releases Overview of New Laws Affecting PHCC of California Employers – 2017

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California enacted new employment laws that may affect the day-to-day operations of your businesses in 2017 and beyond. Employers will need to be aware of significant changes in key areas, such as the state minimum wage.  California’s Senate Bill (SB) 3  is the state minimum wage hike, which will increase the minimum wage over the next several years to $15 …

Citations Will Continue To Haunt A License, by Sharice B. Marootian, Abdulaziz, Grossbart & Rudman

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The Contractors’ State License Board (“CSLB”) licenses and regulates contractors in California.  The Contractors’ License Law sets forth the parameters by which it does so.  On August 19, 2016, the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 1209, authored by Senator Morrell and sponsored by the CSLB.  SB 1209 provides that citations issued against a licensed contractor will follow the contractor …

Practical Tips on Drafting Construction Contracts by Milene Apanian of Abdulaziz, Grossbart & Rudman

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Although some construction projects may be completed on a handshake and do not warrant a complicated and lengthy written contract, it is better to have a written agreement because an agreement establishes the obligation of the parties and helps avoid misunderstandings. A successful construction project starts with having the right contract executed by the parties involved. A well drafted contract …

GETTING PAID! Statutory Requirements Regarding Notice Requirements for Preliminary (20-Day) Notices Must Be Strictly Followed by Milene C. Apanian, Abdulaziz, Grossbart & Rudman

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Those involved in the construction industry know that serving a preliminary (20-Day) notice on the property owner is an absolute and necessary prerequisite to validating and pursuing California collection remedies such as Stop Payment Notices, Mechanic’s Liens and Payment Bond Claims. Nevertheless, the eagerness to build (rather than paper the file) sometimes causes contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers to forget …

Independent Contractor or Employee – Workers’ Compensation by Kenneth S. Grossbart, Abdulaziz, Grossbart & Rudman

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Business and Professions Code section 7125.2 provides in part that the “failure of a licensee to obtain or maintain workers’ compensation insurance… shall result in the automatic suspension of the license by operation of law…” There are two reported cases that bear on this issue, Wright v. Issak and Loranger v. Jones.  The Wright case held that a contractor who …

PHCC Webinar on 2016 Law Changes – December 1

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With recent changes in State law employers will need to be doing some things differently for 2016.  PHCC’s lobbyist will provide a brief overview of changes to the law that may have an impact on your business at a webinar on: December 1 2015 at 3:00 pm PST. He will cover new mandates for a “skilled and trained workforce,” prevailing …

Why You Should Hire Licensed Contractors to Work in Your Home or Business by Bruce D. Rudman, Abdulaziz, Grossbart & Rudman

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In the practice of law, we often encounter prospective clients who either unwittingly hired an unlicensed contractor, or, who had purposefully hired an unlicensed contractor believing that they would get a better deal by doing so. It is not surprising that an unlicensed contractor can often give a better price, however, the better price often comes with an abandoned project, …

Will a Notice of Non-Responsibility Prevent Enforcement of a California Mechanics Lien? by William Porter, Porter Law Group, Inc.

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The “Notice of Non-Responsibility” is one of the most misunderstood and ineffectively used of all the legal tools available to property owners in California construction law. As a result, in most cases the answer to the above question is “No”, the posting and recording of a Notice of Non-Responsibility will not prevent enforcement of a California Mechanics Lien. The mechanics …